Influence of relative humidity on the survival of some airborne viruses

Appl Microbiol. 1967 Jan;15(1):35-42.


A system for studying the effects of relative humidity (RH) and temperature on biological aerosols, utilizing a modified toroid for a static aerosol chamber, is described. Studies were conducted at 23 C and at three RH levels (10, 35, and 90%) with four viruses (Newcastle disease virus, infectious bovine rhinotracheitis virus, vesicular stomatitis virus, and Escherichia coli B T3 bacteriophage). Virus loss on aerosol generation was consistently lower at 90% than at 10 or 35% RH. When stored at 23 C, Newcastle disease virus and vesicular stomatitis virus survived best at 10% RH. Infectious bovine rhinotracheitis virus and E. coli B T3 bacteriophage survived storage at 23 C best at 90% RH.

MeSH terms

  • Aerosols*
  • Air Microbiology*
  • Coliphages*
  • Fluorometry
  • Herpesvirus 1, Bovine*
  • Humidity*
  • Newcastle disease virus*
  • Vesicular stomatitis Indiana virus*


  • Aerosols